Get your Garamendi on the go!

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said he’s about to become the first member of Congress to host a mobile video town hall.

Constituents will be able to use Visible Vote’s free application for Facebook and smartphones (including the Apple iPhone, Google Android and Blackberry) to view live mobile video and ask the Congressman questions during his real-time town hall, starting at 6:15 p.m. this Tuesday, Feb. 8. About 20,000 residents from Garamendi’s 10th Congressional District will also be invited to listen in and ask questions in a simultaneous telephone town hall.

“As a Member of Congress, I want to use the latest technologies to engage the residents of my district,” Garamendi said in news release. “Visible Vote’s innovative and free video town hall software – combined with our existing telephone town hall outreach – will enable thousands of people to reach me – even through their smartphones.”

Visible Vote lets users vote on past and pending legislation; access and compare their votes to their legislators’ records; and submit preferences and messages directly to their representatives’ offices. Congressional offices can use it to communicate directly with constituents, share information and polls, collect voter feedback, and host live video town halls.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • ralph hoffmann

    I hope no one gets too Gabby.

  • Joe Queirolo

    Unfortunately I don’t have a smart phone. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to get a reply from Rep. Garamendi’s office despite having sent several emails asking the same question: what’s in the Affordable Care Act to prevent medical bankruptcies among those who have health insurance that doesn’t cover their medical expenses?

  • Rick K.

    Joe – Rep. Garamendi just ignores a lot of constituent communications. He doesn’t care what you, Joe Public, think because he thinks common citizens are worthless. He’s been in statewide office for a long time where it doesn’t matter if you tick off a few thousand people. What only matters to him are the special interests who fund his campaigns like Big Labor and the pro-I$rael lobby. He’ll have a new district in the Valley soon where Republicans could defeat him so he’ll probably do a better job now of answering your letters. If he blows off too many people like you now, he’ll be retired by the voters in 2012 but if you live outside of his new district, your letters won’t get answered.